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Small Town Player Gaining Big Time Interest

At Iowa, offensive line is always going to be a position of high importance. With 2003 Outland Award winner Robert Gallery read to go very high in the NFL's 2004 Draft, the Hawkeyes are already looking to reload for the years to come. has introduced you to Dan Doering, who will be one of the most coveted trenchmen in the class of 2005. We now introduce you to a lesser known player, at least for now: Hoxie, Arkansas' Drew Gardner. And yes, you <i>have</i> heard of Hoxie before.

Hoxie, Arkansas situated between Walnut Ridge and Arbor Grove, while being just a stones throw from Discus. With a population of 2,817, the average mean-time drive to work is 22.9 minutes. For those of you that grew up in a small town, like I did, you can almost picture it. Good things can come from small towns. Good football players, too. Iowa fans should be familiar with the name of Hoxie...